Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Retithrips syriacus
(black vine thrips)



Retithrips syriacus (black vine thrips)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Retithrips syriacus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • black vine thrips
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Retithrips syriacus (Mayet)

Preferred Common Name

  • black vine thrips

Other Scientific Names

  • Dictyothrips zanoniana Del Guercio
  • Heliothrips syriacus Mayet
  • Retithrips aegyptiaca (R. aegyptiacus) MARCHAL
  • Retithrips aegyptiacus Marchal
  • Stylothrips bondari Morgan

International Common Names

  • English: castor thrips

EPPO code

  • RETTSY (Retithrips syriacus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Thysanoptera
  •                         Family: Thripidae
  •                             Genus: Retithrips
  •                                 Species: Retithrips syriacus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


TunisiaPresentElimem et al. (2011)


IndiaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
-Tamil NaduPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
IraqPresentHamodi and Abdul-Rassoul (2004)
IsraelPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

North America

United StatesPresentCABI (Undated)
-FloridaPresentCABI (Undated)

South America

BrazilPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / abnormal shape
Fruit / discoloration
Fruit / internal feeding
Fruit / lesions: scab or pitting
Fruit / reduced size
Inflorescence / internal feeding
Inflorescence / lesions; flecking; streaks (not Poaceae)
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / frass visible
Leaves / internal feeding
Leaves / necrotic areas

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Geocoris ochropterus Predator
Metaseiulus occidentalis Predator

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